Congressman hosts gun safety event for kids on Newtown anniversary
December 10th, 2013
09:18 AM ET
9 years ago

Congressman hosts gun safety event for kids on Newtown anniversary

(CNN) – Rep. Ted Yoho said the date for his upcoming gun safety event for kids was not purposely chosen to coincide with the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, which left 20 young children and six adults dead.

"My thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families," the Florida Republican Congressman added, in a statement posted Monday to his Facebook page.

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"Gun safety education and responsible gun ownership are important topics that should be taught throughout the year," Yoho continued. "And this event is an opportunity to help my constituents learn about these incredibly important practices."

The first-term Congressman will host the event, titled "Family Firearm Safety Event," in his district on Saturday.

"Please bring your family and kids for an educational event on gun safety, purchasing firearms, legal requirements and safety standards while encouraging responsible firearm ownership," the invitation says.

Yoho is a staunch opponent of gun control. After President Barack Obama unveiled his proposals and executive actions in January to combat gun violence, Yoho released a statement saying the President's remarks made him "convinced more than ever that we must protect our 2nd Amendment rights."

"While I agree with President Obama's message that we must curb gun violence and protect our citizens, disregarding our Constitutional rights are the wrong way to go," he added, encouraging the Obama administration to "enforce the laws already on the books."

"As a proud gun owner, I believe that our right to bear arms is a birthright and I will oppose any effort to infringe on our guaranteed Constitutional rights," Yoho continued.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hopefully, they will learn enough to not play with guns if they stumble upon them at someone else's house.
    Ufortunately the kids responsible for Columbine, and Sandy Hook, and Newton are NOT stumbling upon their parents gun. They know where they are and how to use them.
    The parents need to be schooled on keeping track of their kids and their guns, and the meds that their children evidently need to be on or off from.
    Why is the common thread issue of kids on mood-altering prescription drugs NOT being addressed?
    Gun industry and pharmaceutical industry holding hands together as they look down at the mass gravesite.

    December 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. c


    acccording to a study JUST released by the CDC, CONGRESS and HARVARD, gun ownership has increased the highest point ever since 1994 and violent crime has dropped to its lowest point EVER.

    The study did not come to that conclusion. While those two factors may be true, they did not find a correlation.
    Read the report.

    The conculsion was as follows:

    The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes. (Note that insufficient evidence to determine effectiveness should not be interpreted as evidence of ineffectiveness.)

    December 10, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Rudy NYC


    Since demonizing firearms has produced such wonderful results,
    it nice to see someone teaching respect for them for a change.
    I find it extremely troubling that someone has more respect for their guns than they do for their fellow Americans, most especially by an elected member of our Congress. The man lacks basic empathy and compassion for his fellow man. Only self-serving greed would motivate someone to do conduct an event like this.

    December 10, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Matthew 7,12. Do you think Floridian's would want a Congressman from Connecticut flying down to their District with an Anti-Gun Message if the shoe was on the other foot ? How do you think Fox News would cover such an event ?

    December 10, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. duts

    one and only thing I like about ISRAEL is that you are required to join the military and learn how to defend yourself and how to use weapons responsibly amounst other things. All kids know is how to load and shoot a weapon in a video game, then take that to the streets.

    December 10, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. okfine

    How does that help him accomplish his goal of promoting gun safety, something the NRA is actually very good at?


    It doesn't. The only thing he is promoting is himself.

    December 10, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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